Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 2553   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Gulden Draak is a high fermentation beer with secondary fermentation. For the secondary fermentation, wine yeast is used. The white bottle, the black banner, the golden dragon and the red letters, constitute a stylish result that has no equal among the many Belgian special beers. Gulden Draak can be drunk as an aperitif or dessert, or whenever you have the time to sit back and relax. But this barley wine is also perfect with and in stews, especially the Ghent variety. It is also a plus in sauces for red meat, such as a bordelaise. It is particularly suited as a dessert beer, especially in combination with dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
golemjk (5) - Carrollton, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2006 does not count
Bottle. It is a good brew that has a nice color. The alcohol is quite overpowering at first but after a few sips you can get past it. Definately one of the better triples I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2006
On tap. Color is red brown. Cream head. Aroma: malt, sweet, slight banana from the yeast. Flavor: spicy and sweet. Fairly smooth. Warm pleasant alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2966) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 31, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2007 Originally sampled from a bottle as one of my earlier encounters with beer, specifically Belgian beer. Writeup was embarrasing enough, that my re-rate will take it’s place: 4/07 on draft at SL. The color was reddish-brown, nice frothy pillowy head. Aroma was apples, cherries, some darker fruits. The flavor was apples, cherries, somewhat sour, like a sweet Flemish sour (think Duchesse, not La Folie or Panil). Light choco, caramel, and toffee behind it all. Mouthfeel was thick, alcohol hid well, though. A nice stronger version of Leffe Brune? Re-rate, 5/07, bottle: many similar reflections, great Belgian appearance, hard to get in a glass.... The sour notes are subtle, nice yeast elements also present, full mouthfeel, nice bitter hoppiness to keep the sweet high octane malts honest. A nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 I like this almost as much as the Rochefort 10. A great Belgian beer. Pours a dark brown with a nice sized lasting head. Aroma and flavor is of spicy malts and ripened fruits. Alc is well hidden but you can feel it by the time the glass is empty. WOW!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4000) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2012 Mahogany brown color with a huge beige head that started to lace the glass as it didn’t really recede. Aroma is of malty-plum mixed with some banana esters. Flavor show the malty-plum again with a touch of mocha. The flavor revealed the alcohol, but I love big Belgian ales. Reevaluated from a fresh sample 7/20/12 lowered from a 4.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
deep dark crimson red body with a nice thick ,full light brown head.as the head sat it left tones of webbing on the glass.nice aroma of apples,toffee,belgian brewers yeast,and bananas.flavor was much a mix of the aromas parts,along with some chocolate,hay,and a tiny bit of a hop bite.reminds alot of st. bernardus.this is outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (15393) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2006
Bottle. Nice big tan head with good duration. Color is brown. Good aroma of malt, fruits and spices. Taste is likewise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1397) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Pours a dark amber color with a medium tan head. Aroma has some earthy tones to it along with molasses, caramel, dark fruits, and a slight hint of alcohol. Flavor is sweet with the dark fruits and finishes off with spice and a nice alcohol warming that comes from nowhere. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Pours dark reddish amber with a thick bubbly mocha head. Aroma of fruity esters: apples, plums, apricots. Vinous malt with notes of toffee, molasses, and candied fruit. Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy with lush carbonation. Quite thick with plenty of alcohol, but this beer is a bit too sweet and simple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
From a caged cork 750ml. white plastic covered brown bottle with no bottled/freshness date. Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy fresh apple cider brown with a pale tannish head that settled into a thin creamy lacing, good carbonation. Had a orangey fruitiness and spicy alcohol nose with whiffs of sweet caramelized sugary maltiness. A crisp, textured and carbonated smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Sour orangey fruitiness and a caramelized candied maltiness, a spicy, peppery alcohol warmth, a subtle herbalness and a dry yeasty and malty finish with the spicy alcohol lingering in the palate. A very good Belgian Strong Ale, one of my personal favorites, dangerously quaffable.

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